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  • To Light a Candle

  • The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City’s Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen’s sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen!

  • By Mary Bjornskov on 06-29-10

Outstanding narrator for a favorite book

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Reviewed: 02-19-17

This trilogy is one of my favorite series of books of all time. Like some do with LOTR, I read these or parts of them every year. This second book is even better than the first. The characters develop into people who's company I greatly enjoy and miss when I've finished reading. There is so much going on, so many unexpected events, and a great deal of wisdom. When I first began listening and found the narrator to be female, I was upset, because the main character is male, although young. But Susan Ericksen has such a range of voices and command over intonation, tone of voice, and the personalities of the characters, she expresses perfectly not just a teenage boy, but his wise older sister, a snarky male unicorn, a cantankerous male dragon, a host of stoic and high-cultured elves, arrogant middle-aged politicians, centaurs of all ages, and a race of demons - all separate and so varied that it's easy to picture each character and identify who's speaking. She's made my enjoyment of these wonderful books even greater.

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  • The Hollow Hills

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 2
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Nicol Williamson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Merlin the Enchanter, prophet and visionary, adviser to kings: Here is the story of how he rears Arthur, the future Christmas King, in remote secrecy, safe from the warring kings and Saxons who plot against his father, King Uther. Told in the voice of Merlin himself, this tale bristles with all the suspense and intrigue of fifth-century Britain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Who Abridges and Epic Trilogy?

  • By chaoticmuse on 12-28-12

Never Buy Abridged

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Reviewed: 11-29-11

So many important details in this book were lost in the abridgement. Entire conversations were condensed into one or two prose sentences. The entire feel of the story is different. The basic storyline is there, but not the magic of Mary Stewart's writing. The narrator is very good, however, which is why I bought it. If I hadn't read the book, this would've been enjoyable.

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